Women Empowerment

India ranks 120th among 131 nations in women workforce, says World Bank report. Only 27% Indian women are in labour force- the lowest among BRICS countries. Among G-20 countries, it is better only than Saudi Arabia.

 

Empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies and sustainability, and improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities.

Economic empowerment is the capacity of women and men to participate in, contribute to and benefit from growth processes in ways which recognise the value of their contributions, respect their dignity and make it possible to negotiate a fairer distribution of the benefits of growth.
Economic empowerment increases women’s access to economic resources and opportunities including jobs, financial services, property and other productive assets, skills development and market information.

 

Problem and Proposed Solution

Women, in a country like India, are just seen as someone to look after the home and bear children and thus the treatment they get is below par with their male counterparts. In other words, they are treated as second-class citizens. While the men folk are involved in agriculture or unemployment, the women and girls are mostly involved in household chores, does not have any say in the family affairs. Excluded from receiving higher education and entirely dependent on their male counterparts, they have to bear the brunt of most of the evils like dowry, domestic violence etc. Being a masculine society, women and girls are not allowed to step out of their houses which lead to lower educational status, low confidence to face the world.

 

In view of the financial constraints that a family faces, empowering them through skill-building programs would give them more avenues to earn their living and become in the process self-reliant. Such programs will also help them to raise their voice against the ill treatment accorded to them within the family or outside. All these clearly indicate that there is an imperative need to find out some alternative ways to tackle this burning problem; "Self Employment through skills-building" seems to be one of the effective ways. It implies that women, with inherent talents and having inner urge to fine-tune them to make them sources of their livelihood, indeed need some encouragement and help from various agencies working for the very cause.